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Physical Education

Our Approach

At Castle Newnham School pupils develop skills that enable them to live healthy, active lifestyles. In primary, pupils will achieve and succeed in their journey to become physically literate through a planned and progressive PE curriculum.

Our curriculum offers a holistic approach in providing a diverse amount of opportunities for pupils to engage in a range of physical activities. By developing the affective, cognitive, physical and social domains through PE, pupils are confident, motivated and educated learners throughout their journey from primary to secondary and beyond at Castle Newnham School. In order to achieve this, we provide our students with access to participate in competitions and events, extra-curricular and intra-curricular clubs, lunch time clubs, gifted and talented clubs, swimming lessons, bike ability and much more.

Our PE Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Children will be supported to develop their confidence using gross motor skills through a range of activities, and opportunities to use climbing equipment, balls, bikes/scooters and building resources. In Reception, children will engage in Games and Gymnastics.

In the EYFS pupils will be taught to:

Moving and Handling

  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements
  • Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space
  • Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing

Health and Self Care

  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements
  • Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space

Key Stage 1 (KS1)

In KS1 children will develop fundamental movement skills through Games, and Gymnastics lessons. Games will be taught throughout the school year. Pupils will engage in competitive physical activities, against them self and others, and there will be opportunities to attend a Football, Multi-skills and Panathlon events with children from other local primary schools. Children will also enjoy Forest School visits that allow for both self-exploratory and structured outdoor learning.

In KS1 pupils will be taught to:

  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • Develop balance, agility and coordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending

Key Stage 2 (KS2)

KS2 pupils will develop key skills through games and athletic activities during every term of the year. In Year 6, pupil attend weekly swimming lesson at Robinson’s Pool, and top-up lessons will be provided for children who are unable to meet the Curriculum expectations at the end of the year. 

During the year children will work with sports coaches from local sports clubs who offer a pathway for children who possess high skill level or keen interest in the sport. KS2 pupils have the opportunity to attend competitive events and sports festivals in a range of sports provided by Bedford Sports Partnership. Competitions/Festivals include Football, Hockey, Netball, CrIcket, Basketball, Gymnastics, Inclusive Multi-Skills, Penathlon, New Age Kurling, Athletics and Change for Life, Leadership training, and Tri Golf.

In KS2 Pupils will be taught to:

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best

All pupils are included and SEND and Pupil Premium pupils always receive as much opportunity to participate as everyone else. Please click here to find a copy of our latest report on the ‘Use of PE and Sports Premium Funding’. Pupils in Year 5 and 6 benefit from specialised PE teachers from the secondary site for lessons and compete in fixtures and leagues against other schools.

At Castle Newnham, Dance is taught by our performing arts team. Details can be found here: Performing Arts 

For more information, please see our PE Long Term Overview

Celebrating Successes

We currently hold platinum for our School Games Mark which demonstrates our excellent use of the School Sports Premium and our engagement in competitive sport. Please see below the achievements of primary pupils at Castle Newnham School:

  • County Gymnasts Finals in Years 3 & 4
  • Platinum School Games mark (2019/2020)
  • KS2 Girl’s futsal team league champions and county finalists.
  • Year 6 mixed football team won their league without losing a game.